No, not feral after all

I was out for a walk with my beloved one day when I found them. It was a sunny afternoon in mid-October, the kind of day that is a gift from the weather gods – one last day of nothing-but-a-tshirt warmth before November starts to chill our bones. We were walking along the mountain bike trail in the valley below us when I saw them…a green vine twining up a small tree and over to a hydro tower, festooned with the now-familiar shape of hop cones. It was late in the season, and they were brown and papery, but there …

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Night Shifts

I have been working since I was 16. And in those last almost-40 years of working, I have never worked shifts. Sure I’ve worked late nights in those long years of restaurant and bar service, but I have never worked actual rotating, days/afternoons/nights shifts. Until now. Demand is such that Brunswick moved to 12-hour shifts last week. The two-week pattern goes 2 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off, 2 on, 3 off. I know it’s early days yet, but so far my feelings can be summed up in three words: Not a fan. I’m good working until about hour …

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Catching up

It’s been a while. I went to Hamilton yesterday to meet Renee and Robert at Merit Brewing, a new place in my old hometown. As we sat talking and drinking, I wondered why I’ve stopped writing. Other than captions on Instagram or Facebook, I haven’t played with words at all. My novel is languishing, I’m carrying around a notebook that is still empty 3 months after purchasing it (except for a grocery list), and the last post here was February. I can’t get back the time I’ve lost dicking around on social media, hitting refresh to see what I’m missing and …

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Why I don’t drink from some Ontario breweries.

I like to think that I am equal-opportunity beer drinker. I know the difference between tasting beer and just drinking it for enjoyment. My response to a beer depends on where I am, who I’m with and what is the purpose. Really, I’ll try anything. No, let me correct that. I’ll try just about anything. I will not try or buy any beer, no matter how good it is purported to be, that has a sexist message attached. Sexism in beer marketing is a topic that is becoming more prevalent in the beer-o-sphere. It’s been in magazines like All About Beer, …

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